DE News 2017 T3 W09

Published on: Author: davidmcleod

“A dream doesn’t become reality through analysis. It takes sweat, determination and hard work.” – Colin Powell

DE School News

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NSW School of Languages – Term 3 Newsletter

Welcome to the term 3 NSW School of Languages newsletter.

The school has been kept busy with their students completing examinations and assessments and teachers writing student reports.

In this newsletter edition you will read articles about:

  • 2017 Long Tan Awae=rd winners
  • National Young Women’s Leadership Seminar
  • Korean Excursions and Korean Hana Centre Open Day
  • Japenese news
  • German, Latin and Russian Excursions
  • Spanish and Italian lessons
  • Year 12 Indonesian Spaeking Day
  • Puppet Show
  • Chinese Culture Excursion, and
  • Careeer news

We thank Hilary Hughes, Principal NSW Languages School, for sharing the scjhool’s newsletter.


DE Network News

Wellbeing DE Collegial Network

The DE Wellbeing network consists of 24 teachers including Head Teachers Welfare, Learning and Support Teachers, Transition and Pathways coordinators, Head Teacher Enrolment, Subject Teachers, Year Adviser and Careers Teachers. The DE Schools involved in the network are Karabar DEC, School of the Air – Broken Hill, Southern Cross School, NSW School of Languages, Hay School of the Air, Distance Education Support Unit, Dubbo School of Distance Education, Sydney Distance Education Primary School and Sydney Distance Education High School.

Two VC meetings have been conducted in Terms 2 and 3, which were very successful and well attended. The first meeting was deciding what was wanted for the network and some goals and the second meeting was focused around each school doing a short 2-5 minute chat about a Wellbeing Initiative at their school, Planning for the Conference to Sydney in Term 4 and updating everyone on Yammer and encouraging them to join the group.

In Term 4 a one day Wellbeing Network Conference at SDEHS on the 1 of November 2017. Looking into a guest speaker for the morning presentation and then sharing in the afternoon.

Please contact Network Coordinator, Rachel Angus, at Sydney DEHS on 02 9383 0400.

English DE Collegial Network Meeting

The English network is currently working on writing units for use in their own schools as well as for sharing among the other DE schools. There are a number of common units that one centre will write and share with the others but also a good number of individual course sequences that will eventually be helpful to all of us as students move from one school to another. Some DE schools have some of the preliminary units completed or almost completed.

Currently looking at the logistics of meeting up in term four prior to the ETA conference to have a face to face meeting and share the work that will be completed to date.

The network has a course scope and sequence documents which is available for sharing.

For information, please contact Network Coordinator, Leanne Wynne at Dubbo SODE on 02 58047000.

History DE Collegial Network

The network members have been incredibly busy writing new learning materials for the new curriculum. One unit for Preliminary Ancient History has been completed –  Rome – Art and Architecture and 3 more units will be completed before the end of this term –  Historical Investigations for Modern and Ancient History and one of the Ancient History case studies on Persepolis.

Please contact Katie Magripilis, Network Coordinator, at Southern Cross SODE  on 02 6681 0300.

Music DE Collegial Network

The Music DE Collegial Network have scheduled termly video conferences which have provided professional development opportunities from learning Djembe Drums to speaking with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) in how we could partner with them for students in regional and rural NSW. The next video Conferernce will be on Tusday 19 September with guest Vicky Norton from ACO.

The network is working towards hoolding face to face conference in Term 1 2018 targeting the network’s identified areas of request for professional development, learning materrials and music education resources to share across the network.

For more information please contact Sharon Mwanza at Southern Cross School of Distance Education, on 02 6681 0442.

Twitterspheric professional learning

Twitter is a quick and easy tool for participating in and/or building a Professional Learning Network. To learn more about using twitter for professional learning, download the The Global Digital Citizen Foundation’s Twitter-Tastic Teacher’s Guide.  Below are some of Twitter feeds we hope you find worthwhile!  Why not tweet us about what other networks you would like us to highlight!

International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)


Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership


International Society for Technology in Education



Universal design for Learning


Common Sense Education



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